We work with business owners every day that are taking advantage of the benefits that custom development can provide. But I know there are many others who are only just starting to think about what they could create.
If you are looking for inspiration to help kick start some development ideas, you are in the right place.
The benefits of custom software development
Before I dive into some examples of custom software development, I want to quickly cover why people choose to create bespoke software in the first place.
Custom software development has become a popular solution for business owners seeking a competitive advantage. Done right it can provide some game-changing benefits.
I won’t delve deep into each of the benefits of custom software development, you can read our other posts for that, but I will give you a brief overview of why your competitors might be investing.
1. You maintain ownership: creating a product that belongs solely to your business.
2. You create a unique product: providing the ability to create personalised software.
3. You increase user satisfaction: designing a product to meet your users’ specific needs.
4. You improve security: building a solution with the security measures you require.
5. You can customise your integrations: integrating with almost any product.
6. You gain flexibility and scalability: creating a solution that can grow and adapt.
7. You get a reliable solution: avoiding the risks of the box solutions.
8. You get cost-effectiveness: saving money by avoiding ongoing licensing and upgrade fees.
9. You create a targeted solution: paying for what you need, not for what you don’t.
Now you understand why businesses might be developing their own custom digital products, I will dive into exactly how they are putting these services to use.
Custom software development in finance
Custom software development has had a wide range of applications in the finance industry. From managing complex trading systems to creating custom applications for customer relationship management tools. The finance industry has some of the greatest need for custom software to ensure their products are highly targeted to their solution, reliable and most importantly; secure.
• High-frequency trading platforms that allow traders to make trades in milliseconds.
• Risk management platforms that use machine learning algorithms to analyse financial data and identify potential risks.
• Custom customer relationship management systems that track customer interactions and provide personalised recommendations.
• Compliance tracking systems that monitor compliance activities and alert compliance officers when potential issues are detected.
• Payment processing platforms that automate payment processing and provide detailed reporting on payment activity.
Here at Airteam we have worked with both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac to help deliver bespoke solutions.
Custom software development in healthcare
The healthcare industry is another field where custom software development has made a significant impact. With the digitization of healthcare records and the need to manage patient data securely, healthcare providers are turning to custom software development to meet their specific needs. Here are some examples of types of software that have been custom built for the healthcare industry:
• Practice management software that helps healthcare providers manage their practice, including appointment scheduling, billing, and patient records.
• Medical imaging software that helps healthcare providers manage and analyse medical images, such as X-rays and MRIs.
• Patient portal software provides patients with access to their medical records, test results, and other healthcare information.
• Clinical decision support software that provides healthcare providers with data-driven recommendations for patient care.
Here at Airteam we have worked with numerous companies who operate in and service the healthcare industry, such as Healthdirect, Pacific Smiles Dental, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and more. You can check out the member’s portal we developed for Doctors’ Health Fund here to see what our healthcare development service looks like in practice.
Custom software development in education
Custom software development has become increasingly important in the education industry, especially in recent years. The education sector has unique needs and requirements, which often cannot be met with off-the-shelf solutions. Here are some use cases and examples of custom software development in education:
• Learning management systems (LMS) provide the ability to manage and track student progress, assignments, and assessments. While there are many off-the-shelf LMS solutions available, many institutions require custom features and functionality to suit their unique needs.
• Assessment software provides the ability to measure student progress. These tools can range from simple quizzes to complex exams that require advanced proctoring capabilities.
• Student information systems (SIS) provide the ability to manage student records, schedules, and other administrative tasks. Custom SIS platforms offer opportunities to create bespoke features and integrations to suit more specific needs.
• Virtual learning environments (VLE) facilitate online learning and offer a range of features such as online course delivery, interactive tools, and collaboration features. Custom-built VLEs can offer educational institutions more flexibility and control over the online learning experience.
• Student engagement platforms are increasingly looking for ways to improve student engagement and participation. Custom-built platforms can offer a range of features such as gamification, personalised learning, and social learning that can help institutions achieve this goal.
At Airteam we have designed and developed many pieces of educational software. You can check out the virtual learning environment we built for Amplify or see how we worked with Rockmelon to create an educational app for children with Autism here.
Custom software development in government
Australia’s government departments face unique challenges that require bespoke digital builds. Custom software can be designed to meet their specific needs, improving efficiency, reducing costs, and streamlining processes. Here are some use cases for custom software development in the Australian government:
• Data management systems help government agencies deal with vast amounts of data, which can be difficult to manage without the right tools. Custom software can be designed to manage and analyse data, making it easier for government agencies to make informed decisions.
• Compliance software helps government organisations that are subject to strict regulations and compliance requirements. Custom software can be designed to ensure compliance with these regulations, reducing the risk of fines and other penalties.
• Community engagement platforms, apps, and websites help the government provide a high level of service to Australians. Custom software can be designed to improve engagement, making it easier for us to interact with government agencies and access the information and services we need.
Here at Airteam we have worked with several government departments, helping them to develop websites like the Museums of History NSW.
Custom software in arts and recreation
The arts and recreation industry is highly varied, ranging from museums, galleries, theatres, theme parks, sports organisations, and more. Each organisation has unique needs that often cannot be met by off-the-shelf software. Some examples of custom software development in arts and recreation include:
• Ticketing and event management software that manages ticket sales, seating arrangements, and event logistics for concerts, theatre productions, festivals, and other events.
• Reservation and scheduling software to manage reservations and schedules for gyms, sports clubs, music studios, and other recreational facilities.
• Virtual event platforms that provide a seamless virtual event experiences, including features like live streaming, interactive Q&A sessions, and virtual networking.
You can check out how we helped Val Morgan decide whether to pursue their custom software build in our case study here.
Custom software in construction
Bespoke software has helped the construction industry streamline processes and increase efficiency. With the use of custom software, construction companies can manage complex projects more effectively, optimise resource allocation, and reduce the risk of errors and delays.
Some examples of custom software that have been built for the construction industry include:
• Project management software that helps construction companies manage project schedules, budgets, and resources, as well as track progress and communicate with stakeholders.
• Safety management software that helps to manage safety protocols and track compliance, ensuring that workers are protected and risks are minimised.
• Equipment management software which helps construction companies to track equipment usage and maintenance, optimise resource allocation, and reduce downtime.
• BIM software, building information modelling (BIM) software is used to create digital representations of buildings and structures, and is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry for design and project planning purposes.
Want to check out some of the innovative software development projects going on in the construction industry firsthand? Check out the product we built for Ark in our case study here.
Bespoke software is now an expectation
Custom software development is rapidly gaining popularity in all industries, not only because businesses demand it, but because their users expect it. We have all become more tech-savvy and have higher expectations when it comes to the software we use. It's not just tech businesses or large enterprises that need custom software anymore, but all organisations that want to provide a good user experience.
If you’re considering building your own custom software and want to speak to a team of experts, we’re here to help. You can use our contact form and we’ll give you a call to chat about your project.